OnlyFans reverses course, won't impose ban on sexually explicit content

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What you need to know

  • OnlyFans has decided not to ban sexually explicit content from the site.
  • The move comes days after the company announced its ban.
  • OnlyFans cites financial assurances as to the reason for the reversal.

Following backlash from content creators and users alike, OnlyFans has announced on Wednesday that it will not impose its ban on sexually explicit content.

The announcement comes not even a week after the site declared that it would move to prohibit the kind of content that ultimately made it so popular. It was to go into effect on October 1, only allowing nude photos but nothing that depicted sexual acts.

The company originally cited pressure from banking entities as the reason for the change, but it appears that has been worked out.

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When pressed for additional details around the decision, OnlyFans told Android Central that the decision to reverse course was due to "banking partners' assurances that OnlyFans can support all genres of creators."

OnlyFans naturally received plenty of backlash over the ban, mirroring a similar move made by Tumblr several years ago. The ban received criticism from users, particularly from content creators that helped the site reportedly gain around $2B in sales last year alone, which could explain why baking partners seemed to have come around. Competing site JustForFans also called out OnlyFans for "mainstreaming" and abandoning its users.

Meanwhile, the company has recently pushed its OFTV app for iOS, Android, and the best streaming devices as a more safe-for-work version of the site, focused on content from fitness, cooking, photography, and more. However, given how quickly OnlyFans was willing to abandon its content creators, it's unclear whether they'll be willing to stick around or jump ship to a competing platform.

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  • People want their porn. This whole debacle shows you just how inept executive leadership is in a lot of the corporate world.
    I've worked at so many companies where the executives are freaking morons and drive the company into the ground. Corporate leadership is, in a way, like Congress.
    Its a buddy club. Buddies hire other buddies. Once you get in, you stay in, even if you do a bad job. One of my previous companies hired a CFO that had been a CFO at 2 previous companies.
    Both of those companies went BANKRUPT, yet we still hired him.
    Why? Because he had friends in high places.
    Guess what, the company I worked for (left because I knew where it was going) filed bankruptcy! They are also under class action lawsuit for securities fraud, LMAO (I'm actually part of that lawsuit) Anyways, at least OnlyFans listened.
  • For once, I agree with you lol
  • Oops, "...which could explain why baking partners..." It should read, "...banking partners..."
  • This is good news overall but they burnt a lot of bridges with the way they handled the ban announcement in the first place (telling the press before content creators, support giving contradicting information and the tone deaf promotion of supposedly SFW creators through their socials).
  • "...feeling the pressure from both ends..." Like in some of their content...
  • See I wasn't alone in catching that subtitle.
  • I like how it sounds like a sports related site. I think they should change the name to prevent confusion...OnlyPRONFans.